Saturday 31st December 2016
Gala Fairydean Rovers V Hawick Royal Albert
- Eastern League:
- Winners (1): 1921–22
- East of Scotland League (1923 to 1987) and East of Scotland Premier Division (after 1987)
- Scottish Qualifying Cup South:
Lowland LeagueFor the 2013-14 season Gala Finished 10th out of 12 teams losing 3-0 at home in the Scottish FA Cup 2nd round to Clyde after beating Glasgow University 3-1 in the 1st Round also at home. The following season they Finished 8th out of 14 teams and were knocked out of the Scottish FA Cup away at Gretna 2008 in the 1st Round. In 2015-16 they finished 11th out of 15 teams Losing to Linlithgow_Rose in the Scottish FA Cup 1st Round.
Going into this game they currently lie 12th in the table. This was my second game of the day after leaving Selkirk after the game against Vale of Leithen finished 6-0, I made the 6 mile Journey further up the A7 took around 10-12 Minutes, Arriving just in time for KO. Gala won this game 5-1 with goals from Ross Aitchison 43,50,61 Miller 64 Noble 68 and Meikle for the Visitors. Billy Miller’s Free kick being the highlight. The game kind of flattered Gala who were up against it in the 1st half but Hawick were unable to find a goal. Gala stepped up a gear in the second half and were rewarded with the win courtesy of some clinical finishing. At half time I wandered into the fabulous bar underneath the main stand which has some fascinating memorabilia on the walls, if it wasn’t so busy I'd have taken some photo’s. Gala moved up a place to 11th in the table after this win.
After the game I made the Journey back down the A7 in the rain and dark arriving home around 1815 again the road was so quite I don’t think I seen another car from Hawick until Longtown. It’s not often I get chance to do 2 games in a day so hats off to Selkirk and Gala, with 12 goals thrown in for a combined entrance of £10 thoroughly worth the money. Programmes were £1.50 and £2 so that came to £3.50 and with less than £20 fuel I can’t complain I could have got the train but it’s a 15/20 Minutes walk from Either Galashiels or Tweedbank although I’d have had to get a train to Edinburgh then change onto the borders railway newly opened in 2015. The chance to ride on the Borders railway will have to wait.